Ducks in the Orchard

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by deenamr, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. deenamr

    deenamr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2008
    Central Oregon
    We are putting in an orchard over the next few months. It is going to be approx 70x100. Various fruit trees, grapes and a seperate berry patch in the end. I am thinking of allowing the ducks run of the orchard. I currently have 4 but am really wanting to hatch some ASAP. Will they destroy the orchard? Drill holes are not a big concern. I do plan to seperate the berries from the area the ducks are. They would have their swimming pool and I irrigate 3 days per week. Will eventually add a pond either this year or next.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2010
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    That sounds like a good plan. The ducks will love any beetles that come to the trees. [​IMG]
  3. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    The drilling would probably not hurt the orchard unless you had a lot of ducks. Ours once dug a 4 foot long 4 inch deep trench under a trailer, but we had about 60 of them and some geese. They would probably do very well in the orchard. I have been told that they also will eat fruit that falls to the ground. We have a orchard but have not confined the ducks to it.
  4. LAMchop

    LAMchop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    SW VA
    Sounds like a great idea! I've heard that poultry in the orchard will put a serious dent in the codling moth population, among other things. Worm-free apples would be wonderful!
  5. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:Let, no encourage the ducks to eat dropped fruit. You would be suprized at the number of insects and diseases that overwinter in dropped fruit. It is one secret of organic farming that doesn't get mentioned much. It also helps to keep the grass trimmed short, all fruit farmers know that.
  6. deenamr

    deenamr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2008
    Central Oregon
    You have all made it so easy. I really need to order duck eggs because I need more than 4 ducks in my orchard. Thank you.
  7. LoreenH

    LoreenH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2009
    You will also get free fertilizer for the orchard.
  8. gigi113

    gigi113 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2015
    Yay for this thread! I currently have a pair of toulouse geese, but I think I'm going to switch to ducks in my orchard!

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